Thursday, October 30, 2008

Video: T-Pain (Feat. Dj Khaled) - Karaoke

Format Interviews Paper Monster

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Incase | Parra | Arkitip

Respect My Vote: T.I. Votes For The First Time Ever In His Life!

Man.... I love America and please be part of it!!!

Video: Ladyhawke - My Delirium

People in the Middle for Obama

Jesus! I don't care what you are and who your voting for but you have to feel something when you see stuff like this. Yesterday I wrote about my own family and call me crazy but we are seeing something bigger then politics.
While I was watching this I was thinking that early on I said if Obama or Hillary didn't win I would vote for McCain if he made it. SShhhiiitttt...
I would have never thought watching the Republician Prelims that McCain would become what he is now.
The reason I thought about it was because I was wondering "what if I was a Republician, how would I feel about McCain. Would I vote for him" and the answer is HELL NO!
Why you ask... Obama is a man that everybody should respect by the way he is carrying himself. I think if the shoe was on the other foot McCain would have lost it by now. I think most people would have lost it by now. Obama just takes it with such grace.
He is not human. Which brings me back to the first word I

Art: Justine Smith

Justine Smith was born in Somerset in 1971. After finishing a foundation course in Somerset College in 1990, she moved to London to study at the City and Guilds of London Arts School. Her work is exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, and she also has work in the collections of the British Council, international corporations and private collections. She lives and works in London.

Paper is a basic material for any artist. However, for Smith, paper itself has become the medium, and the knife that she uses is her pen. Previously well known for using collages of comics on her sculptures and also for her cut paper pieces, she has recently been focusing on making work with money. On a physical level, a banknote is just a piece of paper, but it is what a banknote actually represents that is central to Smith's practice.

Her work as an exploration of our relationship with money and our response to it, in a political, moral and social sense, whilst also exploiting the physical beauty of the note. Her earlier pieces were a satirical reaction to the coming of the Euro, with a 'Euro's for Life Not Just for Christmas', a series of twelve dogs pouncing around a single pound coin. Each dog is covered with a different currency of the twelve countries that joined the Euro. This was subsequently followed by the 'EU Ewe', a sculpture of a sheep given a ëfleece' made of a thousand pounds worth of Euro notes. This installation piece led on to a more light-hearted series of dollar and pound dog sculptures ñ a pun on the idea of ëman's best friend'.

A Banknote is not only an abstract representation of our labour, but the imagery depicted on it also symbolises the ideas and ideals of a given country's culture and the society that its people live in. The 'Money Map of the World' compounds many of Smith's ideas relating to money. This piece of work took seven months to produce and is made up of banknotes from every country in the world. The images and cultural symbols on the banknotes are significant and can give an indication not only of the economy of a given country, but also important aspects of its culture. Aside from more obvious images of the local flora and fauna, one can also see elements of a country's history, religion, its aspirations and defining achievements. In some areas such as the Middle East, spiritual and cultural alliances can be seen as groups of countries appear to merge due to the similarity of Islamic design on the banknotes. One can also see economic alliances such as the Eurozone, or West and Central African states, which share common currencies between a group of nations. Similarly, one can also see traces of old empires - some countries borders are naturally formed by rivers or mountains, but other countries borders are man-made ñ to an extent divided by money
one looks at Africa, some states are literally drawn with a ruler and pencil, evidence of it being divided up as a consequence of its colonial past. Names of currencies such as pound, franc, or guilders, appear all over the world. There are of course geological maps, but this map is a political map showing political boundaries of each state. Over time, this map will date as new alliances are formed, or wars annex one country onto another, or there is a regime change and a new currency is issued. All the notes on this map are current issue.

Smith continues this geopolitical theme in 'The Happiness One Hundred +11', a collage of words cut from banknotes, based on the results of The Economist's Quality of Life Index and crossed with 'Maslow's Hierarchy of Need'. Maslow a psychologist, contended that as humans meet their basic needs, they seek to satisfy successively higher needs that occupy a set hierarchy. This theory was then depicted in a five-layer pyramid with fundamental physiological needs (air, warmth, food etc.) for survival at the base and fulfilment needs at the top. Although poorer countries feature heavily at the bottom of the index, it is not necessarily the richest countries that feature at the top of pyramid and who enjoy the best quality of life. Once again, the images depicted on a banknote are significant and they are very different at the base of the pyramid as compared to the top.

Smith's series of flowering plant sculptures and gun sculptures investigate the ideas of extinction, corruption and the impact of power and money on an individual. The flowering plant sculptures 'Specimen', feature various dictators and are contained in domes. The fragility of the orchids and poppies are a direct contrast to the dictators featured on the banknotes. The flowers and the dictators on them have relevance to each other, for example Kim Il Sung, the former dictator of North Korea is featured on the Kimilsungia (Kimilsungia is a variety of orchid presented to Kim Il Sung by the president of Indonesia in 1965. These plants are the only flower displayed at the annual International Kimilsungia Flower Festival). The gun sculptures 'Absolute Power', fabricated solely from US dollars, express the fact that that money buys power and suggest that the US as the wealthiest nation, currently has that power. The gun itself is a symbol of power, control, violence, danger, war and death. Although the sculptures appear to be solid, they are in fact completely hollow and almost weightless. The fact that they can be crushed in the palm of a hand questions the nature of power and suggests it may be a more delicate and impermanent state than it first appears.

The 'money word' series are concerned with the language of money and our reaction to it. Words that are neutral become more sinister or emotive once associated with money

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Dirty Gardener: New Kix @ Sneakerhub

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My Dick by Mickey Avalon

Me Compre Un Ful (preview)

Ralph Lauren on Charlie Rose: January 22, 1993

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Barack's Closing Argument and My Reflection

Yesterday my father walked in the house with his sample ballot in hand and asked me if I had gotten mine. I said that I hadn't checked and when I did I found 3 other samples*. My dad asked what was the sample for and after I explained it he realized that there was a bunch of people on the ballot to be president. My father isn't the most computer savvy person in the world but he took it upon himself to check out what he could find on the Internet of them. Crazy. About an hour went by and my grandfather came downstairs and asked me what the sample ballot was about and for me to explain it to him.* While I was telling him about it he stopped me and said "I don't care about none of that other stuff just tell me where I check for Obama*". Crazy.

Now I want to explain how those series of events are crazy and where you see the *s means that those parts are really

Four years ago only 1 sample ballot came to the house and it was for me. Earlier this year when everybody started announcing that they were running my sister registered and after her guy (I can't remember his name right now) lost she went for Obama and has been pushing for him ever since. My father started asking me questions about Obama in mid summer and I gave him Obama's first book to read. He asked about registering soon after because he wasn't sure of the laws because he's a resident of Puerto Rico.

So that's what my first * was about. I felt something; a strange feeling as I reached for my sample and saw my father holding his and my sister's still waiting for her.

My father is very to himself and pretty much so is my whole family. We can walk around the house all day and have no idea what's going on in each others life. But I know my father never really expressed any opinion towards politics around me until now. I never saw him watch MSNBC or Fox News or CNN. Growing up I would walk past my folks' room and see local news and the part they REALLY cared about was the But now when I walk past I see MSNBC or CNN on all the time. Now when me and my dad talk he always tells me about how stupid the stuff about Obama is. It's crazy that only a year ago I was the only one thinking politics and now my house is full of it. Even my mom has an opinion on things... Damn I love

Now for my other 2 *s...

My relationship with my grandfather soured over the years and it started when I started feeling funny when he would have jokes or comments of Puerto Ricans or Blacks. Then one day my mom told me that he disowned her because she got pregnant by a Puerto Rican. I hadn't come to terms with it until my daughter was born and when I saw the love in that mans eyes. I knew from that day on his opinion or whatever thoughts he had had melted.

I think my grandfather has been a citizen for at least 10 years and I never knew he voted and the fact that he asked me about the sample ballot I really figured this is the first time he is going to vote. So what drove my grandfather to finally vote?

As I said before I know that now my grandfather is a changed man but I would have never figured he changed to the point that he would vote for a black man. Or at least CARE to vote for a black man.

These events have me choked as I write this. 5 years ago I was going to my town hall meetings and nobody in my family cared. Now maybe things will change. Maybe I can listen to them complain instead of my cursing them out in my head for not doing anything about the government.


ART: Lehmann Maupin Presents: Mr. - Nobody Dies

Opening reception at Lehmann Maupin
201 Chrystie Street, New York City
Thursday, 6 November, 6-8 PM

The Japanese artist Mr. will have his second exhibition with Lehmann Maupin and his first at the 201 Chrystie Street gallery. Premiering at Geisai #11 in Tokyo, here he will have the U.S. debut of his film, Nobody Dies, along with a new large-scale painting, works on paper and his first foray into photography.

Expanding upon his examination of the Otaku subculture in Japan, which emerged in the 1970s and mainly consists of obsessive males whose fetishes include cuteness or kawaii, Mr. uses adolescent Japanese girls he discovered on the streets of Tokyo as the subjects for his film. Inspired by the painting It hurts when it hits bare skin, the film follows these fictional characters, who are obsessed with a war-like survival game, as they transform from their peaceful everyday lives into Technicolor warriors outfitted in pink, yellow and green camouflage with matching guns.

Gotcha-Gotcha, a monumental painting also on view, reflects a pastime of Japanese misfits. Crowds gather in the Akihabara (Akiba) neighborhood around toy dispensers similar to those found in American supermarkets in hopes of winning coveted prizes. Never knowing exactly what item will emerge, they cheer "gotcha-gotcha", the sound that the machine makes as it is dispensing the toy. This neighborhood is the epicenter of Otaku devotees and Mr. continues to explore this subculture that is obsessed with technology, manga, sci-fi literature, anime and video games.

Mr. lives and works in Saitama, just outside of Tokyo. He graduated from the Department of Fine Arts, Sokei Art School in Tokyo in 1996. Mr. was discovered by Takashi Murakami in 1995 and since then has been involved with Murakami's art studio and enterprise Kaikai Kiki. Recently, Mr.'s work was included in the acclaimed Krazy: the Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery as well as the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon with fellow Kaikai Kiki artists Chiho Aoshima and Aya Takano. In 2005, he was included in the exhibition Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture at Japan Society in New York. Mr.'s work is represented in numerous public and private collections worldwide. A concurrent exhibition will also be on view at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris 21 October 2008 through 10 January 2009.

The exhibition will be on view from 6 November 2008 through 21 February 2009. 201 Chrystie Street gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Sunday, noon – 6:00 p.m. On view at 540 W 26th Street is Tim Rollins and K.O.S. from 23 October – 20 December 2008.

For more information please visit, or contact the gallery at 212 255 2923 or

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TNT Badda Badda Gals Live At The Levi's®/FADER Fort NYC

DirtyGardener: GardenSK8 Grand Opening this Weekend

321 Changebridge Rd, Pine Brook NJ 07058

What the f ?

Sorry people but I've been noticing that some of the pictures and some of the videos are getting cut on here. To see the whole thing just click on the title of the entry and everything should pop up the right way. I hope this stops soon.

Dirty Gardener: New NY fitteds @ Cap City

I think it's kinda the wrong season for this pattern but who am I to talk...

Dirty Gardener: Sneakerhub has got that Men's Penfield

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Joell Ortiz - Freestyle (Kiss 100 FM)

Video: Convinced- Miss Memory

Convinced | Miss Memory (Prod. by J-Trax) from Convinced Music on Vimeo.

Pow Wow! Joe Budden, Joel Ortiz & Royce 5'9

Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
I love the beats from part 4 and I love the idea of Joe, Joel and Royce making an album together but I'm not a Crooked I fan. hmmmm.... I don't care for him to the point I don't know if I would cop an album with Crooked on it. o well it's still cool to see the behind the scenes of this hiphop shit.

Video: Evidence- The Layover

TI on Chelsea

Mikey Rocks X X Sk8tique Grand Opening

Mikey Rocks X X Sk8tique Grand Opening -

Video: Pace Won and Mr. Green- Children Sing

Campbell Brown

I have no idea who she is but she was on the daily show on monday night and I now have a crush on She's HOT and the sad part is that now that I have finally seen the women of my dreams, her belly is growing... ughhh. O well, I intend on watching her show on CNN when it comes out because she was speaking some truth.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Angie interviews Q-TIP

Guidos in Cabo.. Damn! They're everywhere!

Beyonce Fosse - Single Ladies LOL

Lucky Torres & Fader

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Wow! This is crazy....

would they do this? would they put the fear of 30 percent of the white REAL AMERICAN population on high alert like this? lol

Nike AF1 x Darbotz

Nike AF1 x Darbotz from Randy Rais on Vimeo.
Indonesian artist Darbotz recently paired with giant sportswear brand Nike to produce a stunning video featuring his trademark monochromatic style.
According to the video’s description, the video was done in conjunction with the AF1’s new position in the Nike Sportswear division

Dirty Gardener: New Leather Fitteds @ Cap City

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Dirty Gardener: Sneaker Hub @ the Grand Opening of the Union City Skatepark

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Rhymefest freestyle

Video: E-40 - Poor Man's Hydraulics

Kyle Lucas is Still Tunji's Favorite

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Video: Theophilus London- Higher

Wassup 2008

Its been eight long years since the boys said wassup to each other. Even with the effects of a down economy and imminent change in the White House, the boys are still able to come together and stay true to what really matters

Monday, October 27, 2008

Video: Soulja Boy Tell' Em - Turn My Swag On

Art: Deborah Sengl

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Official NOTORIOUS Trailer

Looking Good!

Dirty Gardener: Rock Band Live @ Prudential Center

The musical video game phenomenon of Rock Band™ is coming to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. This fall Rock Band Live ( will travel across the country with headline acts Panic At The Disco and Dashboard Confessional, together on stage, with very special guests Plain White T’s, The Cab, and possibly YOU

The concert tour will let Rock Band bands rock their way onto the main stage with a truly interactive experience that allows fans to compete in head-to-head competitions for the chance to play on the main stage in-between the tour acts’ sets. Bands will be selected through local radio promotions, national contests and on-site at each show

Date: Sunday, Nov 2, 2008
Time: 6:30PM

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Dirty Gardener: NJ Devils Games this week

Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Wednesday, Oct 29, 2008
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Devils vs. Atlanta Thrashers
Saturday, Nov 1, 2008
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Dirty Gardener: The Movie Music of Spike Lee and Terence Blanchard with special guests Patti Austin, Raul Midon, and Bilal @ NJPAC

Trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard and legendary filmmaker Spike Lee come together for a night of movie music. Lee will introduce the evening, in which Blanchard will lead both his quintet and a chamber orchestra in a concert devoted to the acclaimed jazz scores and R&B-tinged songs he created for eight of Lee's features – Bamboozled, Jungle Fever, Clockers, Malcolm X, 25th Hour, Inside Man, the acclaimed HBO documentary When the Levees Broke, and the current Miracle at St. Anna – all accompanied by a montage of images culled from those films. How to make the evening even cooler? Add 2008 Grammy winner Patti Austin, rising singer-guitarist Raul Midón, and neo-soul sensation Bilal as special guest vocalists. This special concert event is produced in association with Danny Kapilian.

Prior to tonight’s performance, ticket-holders are invited to join us for a free Prelude in the Prudential Hall lobby. Tonight’s Prelude will feature a Crafts Fair that will showcase a variety of tri-state area artists. The Crafts Fair will open one hour prior to the scheduled performance, and will remain open half an hour after the end of the performance

Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 8:00 pm

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Dirty Gardener: NJPAC Presents Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

Audiences of all ages will enjoy this Caldecott Award-winning tale brought to life by Dallas Children’s Theatre, named one of the top five youth theaters in the nation by Time Magazine. Filled with traditional chanting and African song, this twist on the Cinderella story celebrates goodness, generosity and love. This FamilyTime performance is recommended for ages 7 and up.

Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 2:00 pm
Sunday, November 02, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

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